Top North Korean Envoy Boards Flight for Talks in US

Charlene Craig
May 31, 2018

Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY.

Moon could travel to Singapore for a three-way summit with Kim and Trump next month, Yonhap reported Monday.

United States officials have demanded North Korea unilaterally disarm before concessions are granted on economic sanctions or a pledge of non-aggression, while Pyongyang prefers a phased negotiations and concessions from the US.

In this image made from video, Kim Yong Chol, in white, a former military intelligence chief who is now Kim Jong Un's top official on inter-Korean relations, walks upon arrival at Beijing airport in Beijing, May 29, 2018.

Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing.

Mr Trump confirmed that Mr Kim was to hold talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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North Korea, in return, would demand the U.S. normalize its relations with it, ease sanctions against it and remove it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, which could immediately help the North's economy.

An intelligence assessment compiled by the CIA and described to NBC News by three USA officials concludes that the Kim Jong Un regime is not prepared to let go of its nuclear arsenal, a finding at sharp odds with some of Trump's recent claims. "Meetings are now taking place concerning Summit, and more".

South Korean media speculated that Mr Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang after Kim Yong Chol's United States trip.

United States officials are racing to lay the groundwork for President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, less than a week after Trump pulled out of the planned summit. 3 - Kim Yong-chol is on the U.S. blacklist and should be banned from visiting the U.S. But it looks like he has been granted a waiver.

The White House on Thursday morning released Trump's letter to Kim, in which he canceled the planned Washington-Pyongyang summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said earlier that he and North Korea's Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that the possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held, Moon told a news conference in Seoul.

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The State Department says a team of US officials also met with North Korean officials in Panmunjom on Sunday. Kim and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea also produced some progress toward a meeting.

At a higher level, meanwhile, the North Korean leader's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol flew to NY to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Details of those talks hadn't emerged yet.

This week's talks are aimed at determining whether North Korea is prepared to make sufficient commitments toward getting rid of its nuclear weapons, a US official said, despite Pyongyang's insistence it will not unilaterally denuclearize.

Kim may see a meeting with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.

While there have been a few instances in which countries were persuaded to abandon their nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief and compensation, none of the cases are directly applicable to North Korea, which has advanced its nukes further and with greater zeal than any of the others.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has also been having calls with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts "virtually every day" over the past couple of weeks, including a call with South Korea's National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong earlier in the day, Sanders said. But he repeatedly refused to answer questions on the specifics of how North Korea would relinquish its nuclear weapons or if they would allow worldwide experts to inspect nuclear facilities.

They met with Choe Son Hui, the North Korean vice foreign minister who issued an angry statement last week attacking U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and saying it was up to the United States whether the two sides met in a meeting room or in "a nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

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